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Re: Migration study, step 1: bulk write performanceoptimization

From: "Jim C(dot) Nasby" <jnasby(at)pervasive(dot)com>
To: Mikael Carneholm <Mikael(dot)Carneholm(at)WirelessCar(dot)com>
Cc: Simon Riggs <simon(at)2ndquadrant(dot)com>, pgsql-performance(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: Migration study, step 1: bulk write performanceoptimization
Date: 2006-03-22 12:55:17
Message-ID: 20060322125516.GB15742@pervasive.com (view raw or flat)
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On Wed, Mar 22, 2006 at 10:04:49AM +0100, Mikael Carneholm wrote:
> It does ("LOG: checkpoints are occurring too frequently (2 seconds apart)")  However, I tried increasing checkpoint_segments to 32 (512Mb) making it checkpoint every 15 second or so, but that gave a more uneven insert rate than with checkpoint_segments=3. Maybe 64 segments (1024Mb) would be a better value? If I set checkpoint_segments to 64, what would a reasonable bgwriter setup be? I still need to improve my understanding of the relations between checkpoint_segments <-> shared_buffers <-> bgwriter...  :/

Probably the easiest way is to set checkpoint_segments to something like
128 or 256 (or possibly higher), and then make bg_writer more aggressive
by increasing bgwriter_*_maxpages dramatically (maybe start with 200).
You might want to up lru_percent as well, otherwise it will take a
minimum of 20 seconds to fully scan.

Basically, slowly start increasing settings until performance smooths
out.
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